Unless you can configure the processor portion to direct each side of the stereo signal to two of the amplificatin channels (unlikely), the anwer is no.
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Thank you for the responses. The used Arcam AVR 250 is $1,100.00 at a local Arcam dealer and it would be a good upgrade compared to the $400 Yamaha AV receiver I am using. I may buy it and use only 5 channels or keep looking. Thanks. (Two channel is more important to me than the ability to watch movies).
Thank you everyone and Evergrey. In the stereo direct mode does the AVR 300 use only the 2 channels for the main speakers and not channel 6&7? Is the Kimber 1030 IC the interconnect between the CD player and the Arcam AVR 300? I am going to purchase an Rega Apollo CD player in the next month (they are sold out), do you see any problems with the Rega brand and the Arcam receiver? Thanks. I am going to look at the Arcam AVR 300 or AVR 350.
Jwmichman, sorry for the delayed response. stereo direct does 2-channel mode on the AVR300 and its supposed to isolate the digital circuitry to provide a cleaner line to the CDP. THe Kimber 1030's are between the AVR300 and the CDP. I actually had a Rega Planet 2000 before i bought the CD36 and it sounded really nice, especially on Mapleshade ultimate triplepoints.
Let me know how the setup goes.